Sunday, April 21, 2024

Taylor Swift Will Sell More Copies of New Album This Week Than the Total Top 50 This Week


Taylor Swift, here to save the record business. Her new album, “1989,” is on track to sell 1 million copies this week. That would make “1989” the only million seller of 2014. It would also mean that the album will sell more copies than the total top 50 sold last week. Even with strong debuts today by Slipknot, Neil Diamond, and Aretha Franklin, the top 50 albums sold on CD or digital download came in just under 1 million total. That’s the state of the business now, with Spotify and other streaming services outstripping actual sales now by huge numbers. If all boats rise with Swift’s success, next Tuesday could be a very happy day in music land. Inaddition to lots of other bad news, U2 sold only 12,055 copies in its second week for “Songs of Innocence.” That kind of sale wouldn’t pay for a pair of Bono’s glasses, let alone The Edge’s Malibu complex of homes.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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